For Laguna Beach, June isn't only the first month of summer — it's the start of an annual migration to the city's "big three" art festivals.
On June 24, the 45th annual Sawdust Art Festival opens its doors to unveil a talented colony of local artists who not only sell their art, but also teach their craft during workshops.
Susan Wade, Sawdust treasurer and painter, said the festival is integral to the city's character.
"I think we are part of the reason that people consider coming, living, making a home and being part of something extremely unique," Wade said. "It is unique not only because it springs from residents of a small town, but our location is so rare and wonderful."
There will be 30 new artists this year, Wade said, which is 10 more than last year. As always, the festival is an experience for all the senses, including food, drinks and three stages of live musical acts.